131. Rafiah — Athina S.
Departed Bakar, Yugoslavia 26 Nov 1946, sank 5 Dec 1946
ex-Athina S., ex-Panaghia, ex-Joyeuse, built 1898, 273 gross tons, passenger steamer
Wrecked on Syrina (Sirna) Island in the Aegean in extremely bad weather. Reported the refugees were to be transferred to the Lochita (No. 130) at sea. Eight were lost, including three children. Survivors were rescued in a storm by the British minesweeper Providence, destroyer Chevron, and the Greek destroyer Themistocles, transferred to LST 3016 and taken to Cyprus. Women and children were taken to Palestine in Feb 1947.
Name: Town in northern Sinai, site of a British prison camp.
Photograph source: Aris Bilalis